Many people are aware that exercise has plenty of benefits. In fact, you'd have to pretty much be in a coma your whole life to not know this obvious fact. You can sort of tell by looking at somebody whether or not they're in decent shape or not. Tight muscles, low body fat, upright posture, slim figure. Sure, with so many obese people in the United States, it might not be politically correct to speak in these terms, but if you want to get into shape, you must.
Many people make the mistake of going gung-ho right from the start. They have huge hopes and dreams and a ton of motivation. This is great. But where they stumble is by thinking they can start at a level that is way above their comfort zone. The secret of working out consistently is that it's got to remain inside your comfort zone.
Naturally, in order to accommodate something you're not doing, you've got to expand your comfort zone. But if you try to expand it too quickly, it'll snap right back, and be quite painful to boot. That's why you've got to ease into it.
Think of it this way. Exercise is going to be a lifelong habit. It's not something you'll do for six months, get into shape, and then quit. Because it's something you'll be doing your whole life, doesn't it make sense to ease into it slowly? Of course it does!
So start at a level that is just barely more exercise than you're doing now. If you haven't done anything except walk to your car, walk to work, sit at your desk all day, then walk to your car and drive home, don't think you're going to hit the gym for an hour all of a sudden. Just try to go for a short walk around the block, maybe once or twice a week. Do this for a couple of weeks. Once this seems easy and natural, increase it to every other day.
Once that seems natural, increase it to every day. Once every day seems natural, just increase it however you feel comfortable. For some people, it will be slowly jogging, and eventually running three of four miles a day. For others, it may mean cycling or weight training. Just go wherever you feel most comfortable.
And by all means, give yourself at least six months before you can even think about doing any kind of strenuous exercise on a daily basis. There's no race. You're going to be alive for a long, long time, so you've got plenty of time. Ease into it, and you'll be fine.
More and more people are starting to realize not only the importance of exercise, but of the importance of proper exercise equipment as well. The more you understand this, the better you'll feel.